Update: Editor’s Update 3/25/15: Not only can GMOs cause gluten intolerance, but according to a recent article by Mark Bittman, they may also kill us. “This past week the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used herbicide Roundup, probably causes cancer in humans. Two insecticides, malathion and diazinon, were also classified as “probable” carcinogens by the agency, a respected arm of the World Health Organization.” Shouldn’t we, as consumers, have the right to know what we’re eating?
Cargill? Halliburton? Bechtel? De Beers? There’s some stiff competition for worst company in the world. But Monsanto has got to take the cake.
Check their list of accomplishments:
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DDT? PCBs? The Atom Bomb & Nuclear Weapons? Polystyrene plastic waste? Dioxin? Agent Orange? Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)? GMOs? You name it.
And that’s not to mention: Nearly 300,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide since 1995 after being driven into insurmountable debt by neoliberal economics and the conquest of Indian farmland by Monsanto’s Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton.
BTW: behind Monsanto, Coke and Pepsi were two of the largest forces opposing Prop 37 in California:
But that’s not all! Monsanto has not only been eliminating organic seeds, and putting seed-keepers out of business (see Food, Inc.) but they’ve been buying up seed companies. We’re down to 10% of what we had only a decade or so ago—down to 10% of, you know, seeds, or, you know: food.
Or: Fort McClellan: “Monsanto processed the now-banned industrial coolants known as PCBs at a local factory, they routinely discharged toxic waste, dumped millions of pounds of PCBs, different kinds of dioxins and herbicides, including the infamous Agent Orange into local rivers.” (veteransunited.com)
“Monsanto Companies: Do Not Buy.”
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And remember: “DuPont, Syngenta, and Bayer, among others, produce GM crops and have nearly identical business models to Monsanto in terms of their intellectual property and marketing.”
But let’s end on a happier note. The tide can turn: “Soybean Farmer Takes Monsanto to Supreme Court – A single 75-year-old Indiana soybean farmer in rural southwestern Indiana is taking on the multibillion dollar agricultural giant over the issue of who controls the rights to seeds planted in the ground.”
And: Monsanto is one step closer to losing billions of dollars in revenues from its genetically-modified Roundup Ready soya beans, following a ruling this week by the Brazilian Supreme Court; Monsanto may have to refund millions of Brazilian farmers who had paid royalties to Monsanto over the last decade (nature.com)
And: Monsanto Faced with Paying 7.5 Billion Back to Farmers, “It all started with a monumental lawsuit launched by over 5 million farmers against Monsanto looking to recover financial losses from ridiculous seed taxes that bankrupted many families.”